Friday, September 18, 2020
The Blooming Prairie boys cross country team gets an early practice run in near the high school. The boys opened the season last Friday. Blooming Prairie varsity cross country coach John Bruns points to a practice route on a nice sunny morning. He also challenges runners with a message on the back of his t-shirt: "Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless."

BP’s Oswald finishes 3rd in season opener, Medford wins boys race

Blooming Prairie senior cross country runner Megan Oswald finished third in the team's opening meet of the season at the River Bend Nature Center in Faribault Friday morning.

Oswald's time over the 5000-meter course was 27.51. She ran a 13:29 for the first half of the varsity race.

The Awesome Blossom girls finished second to Maple River with 33 points. Maple River scored a 23. Medford's score was incomplete.

Other placings for the Blossomm girls were:

Emily Miller, sixth in 28:38; Chloe McCarthy, eighth in 29:16; Abby Smith, ninth in 29:19; Maggie Bruns, 12th in 30:12; Asha Lighthizer, 14th in 30:33; Emily Anderson, 18th in 31:52; Haven Carlson, 21st in 34:46; Melanie Winzenburg, 22nd in 35:41; Anna Pauly, 23rd in 35:53; Rose Michaud, 24th in 35:56 and Lauren Schammel, 25th in 35:57.

On the boys side, Hosea Baker was the top Blossom runner in the 5000-meter varsity race with a time of 20:56.

Other boys scores were: Alex Miller, 11th in 22:12; Jesse Cardenas, 12th in 22:20; Luke Larkoski, 13th in 22:21; Dylan Johnson, 16th in 22:56; Ty Forystek, 17th in 23:02; Boone Carlson, 19th in 24:41; Stephen Fennell, 21st in 25:05; Joe Pirkl, 22nd in 25:13; Ethan Grant, 24th in 27:02; Alex Riley, 25th in 38:36; Tommy Donnelly, 26th in 38:39 and Samuel Michaud, 27th in 38:43.

Medford won the boys race with a score of 24. Maple River totaled 42 and the Blossom boys scored 60.

On the Junior Varsity side, Blooming Prairie's Jacob Pauly finished first with a time of 11:23 over the 2500-meter course. Tyler Anderson was sixth in 13:31. Jack Bruns was seventh in 13:47 and Ben Riley finished eighth in 16:16.

On the girls JV side, Lila Quail was first in 12:49. Rachel Winzenburg finished second in 15:45, Lily Schammel was fourth in 18:44 and Olivia Gonzales was fifth in 26:31.

"For quite a few of the runners it was their first 5K race ever so that was a good mental hurdle to get over," remarked Coach John Bruns.

"Times were not super fast as the course was wet and tough, but I thought everyone did very well considering how early in the season we are," added Bruns.

"We did have a couple of our top runners (along with a few Maple River runners) lose their way on the course in the girls race, but they were still able to get a great workout in," Bruns said.

The Blooming Prairie teams competed against NRHEG and Pacelli

on Sept. 1. The next meet will be at WEM/JWP and will feature runners from BP, WEM/JWP and RAACHE at the Prairie Ridge CC.

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